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West wind : for violin and piano

by Ann Carr-Boyd (1994)

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Performance by Glenn Murray, Ann Carr-Boyd from the CD Romantic Australian classics

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Aubade : Australian music for strings.

Library shelf no. CD 389 [Available for loan]

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West wind : for violin and piano / Ann Carr-Boyd.

Library shelf no. 787.2/CAR 5 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

West Wind is an adaptation for violin and piano of the last movement of my Trio for flute, viola and double bass, titled Suite in Orange, which was premiered in the town of Orange in New South Wales in 1994.
The mood of the work is a musical interpretation of the westerly winds which prevail in inland NSW. Their persistence is echoed by the presence of the 4 note figure which opens the work. This figure, in turn, gives way to an ebb and flow of tempi and themes (like the wayward wind) - the music hesitates, then races forward again. The musical style is reminiscent of minimalism, a technique in which a musical idea may be repeated several (or sometimes many) times over, perhaps with small changes in the implied harmonies. I thought that this technique would be evocative of the west wind - something which is persistent, but changes willfully at a moment's notice.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 4-5.

First performance: by Glenn Murray, Ann Carr-Boyd

Performances of this work

Unknown date: featuring Glenn Murray, Ann Carr-Boyd.

7 Oct 2012: at Rags, Romance and Blues (Sydney Grammar School). Featuring Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, John Martin.

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